About

Kat 2015Dr Kat Arney is a writer, presenter, podcaster and public speaker, and director of the science communications and media consultancy First Create The Media.

She is the author of the popular science books Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work, and How to Code a Human.

Kat is definitely not the female Brian Cox, despite what the internet says. Maybe more like the Nigella of science… She is also one of the “Top 10 Brits who make science sexy”, according to BBC America. Read more about her story at We Are The City: Inspirational women – Dr Kat Arney and Frontline Genomics: The Short Read – Kat Arney

Until March 2016, when she cast herself upon the freelance waves, Kat was a professional science communicator, media spokesperson and award-winning blogger for Cancer Research UK. She counts among her achievements saying the word “boobs” and discussing oral sex on the Today programme, the infamous “drink it down your face” interview, and likening part of the cell division machinery to something out of Star Wars.

In her former scientific life, Kat holds a degree in natural sciences and a PhD in developmental biology (with Professor Azim Surani) from Cambridge University, followed by a post-doc with Professor Mandy Fisher at Imperial College, London. (Her academic papers are listed here, if you’re really interested…)

The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employers, family or friends. And yes, I am Helen Arney’s sister – here’s her website.